The Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Taxi Operators Association (LSTDCOA) has called on the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to do everything in his power to ensure that Lagos taxis do not disappear giving an unfair advantage to unregistered taxis otherwise known as Kabukabu as these are state security risks.
LSTDCOA said it is ready to adopt the new Lagos Taxi E-haling route, but wants the state government to help members on capital contribution.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Omolekan Taiwo, LSTDCOA called on the governor and his cabinet to come to its rescue as most of its vehicles are old and need to be replaced.
He said that in some countries like the UK and others, their governments were bailing out their transport sector, with some states in Nigeria doing the same, like Borno State which recently gave taxi drivers a reduction in 50%.
“Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Raji Fashola has already done this for the association and we have not disappointed him through Union Bank and First Bank to the tune of 1 Billion Naira we call so the current government to come to our aid as well.
“Our yellow taxis are reliable and safety conscious. We have our association sticker on the windshield of our bona fide members and they have their ID cards with them which are traceable in the association database.
He listed some of the stumbling blocks imposed on his operations in the state to include restrictions on entry to housing estates, which were not the case before, restrictions on entry to higher institutions of Lagos State such as the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and others. , as well as hotel entry restrictions.
“The yellow cabs are being targeted by vehicle inspection officers, LASTMA, Lagos State task force officials and other law enforcement agencies, even though the yellow cabs get nine details ; Body tag and driver badge, vehicle document i.e. vehicle licence, Hackney licence, MOT, insurance, driving license and LASDRI. Yet they are the target of law enforcement.
Despite the problems, he said that the association was able to have its own E-Hailing applications called “Baba Dey Online” by Univasa, accessible on the Google Playstore application on the Internet with a telephone number 07000633423.
He said it should rather be noted that most yellow taxi drivers are not criminals, but honest members of society, who are legitimately willing to do their business in accordance with stipulated laws and regulations.